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California Continues to Lead U.S. in Health Enrollments

soaringhealthcostsCalifornia’s numbers continue to lead the nation in health insurance enrollment; its exchange added 389,498 from late November through Dec. 28 to reach a total of 498,794. Another 460,000 are getting signed up for MediCal, the state’s health program for the low-income. The surge in December enrollments reflected the procrastination by many Americans who waited until the last minute to beat a deadline to receive coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And those late enrollments often taxed the exchanges, which repeatedly pushed back deadlines and grace periods to handle the crush of business according to a recent report in the Mercury News.